The Fisherman’s Market on 7th Ave. is just what you’d expect: good food, quick service, and fresh fish.
As is expected the market serves clam chowder, though they also have a tomato-based seafood stew.
The appetizer list is comprehensive including things from drunken clams to calamari. And with 12 different options, fish and chips has its own section on the menu. What’s more is that you can have your fish and chips either fried or grilled and the oil is trans fat free. If that’s not enough options, you have a choice of six different sauces. Really, who thought up a yellow-curry tartar? (Perhaps it was a case of Toy Story gone food–maybe the yellow curry ventured across the street from Chao Pra Ya and the tartar thinking the curry was an invader threw itself at the ground in an effort to save the kitchen, splattering mixed chunky yellow stuff everywhere! And then in the morning the fishermen decided they’d wipe the goo off the wall with fish? Yep. That’s what happened.)
As a whole the menu takes up two pages and includes both a kids menu and a small plates menu. The only down-side is that there’s only one entree sized salad: the shrimp Caesar salad.
It seems that there aren’t any baked potatoes on the menu which is unfortunate because seafood goes well with potatoes. However, it’s understandable since the market is after-all a market not a restaurant. You order your food at the counter, grab a table and wait for your number. Yet, the market serves alcohol.
The clam chowder at the Fisherman’s market is excellent. It’s creamy and full of potatoes and clams, just like chowder should be. The stew is spicy with a hint of wine. The fish and chips come hot, with a light and crunchy breading as well as criss-cut fries. The fish itself could use a little seasoning but tastes fantastic with cocktail sauce. The small plate is a generous portion. The scampi is also served as a generous portion and is very flavorful. The ratio of the shrimp and scallops to pasta is just right–there’s enough to have fish in every bite. The scallops are expertly cooked not rubbery and soft all the way through. They’re sweet which works wonderfully with the buttery garlic-y sauce that also has a hint of wine.
The food at Fisherman’s market is served in disposable dishware. The forks and spoons are plastic. While convenient, it’s not exactly environmentally-friendly.
Overall, the Fisherman’s market is excellent. The scampi is a must-try as is the fisherman’s seafood stew. The prices are excellent (especially for the amount and quality of food you get), the food comes out quickly and is fresh, and they’re very amicable and prompt if they’ve made a mistake on your order.
ALSO they’re open Sundays and Mondays which is always a plus! And they run specials on their facebook page!
So, the final verdict? They have beer so college kids should be there by default. Besides, Tijuana terror tartar sauce or homework over a barf-tastic Burrito Boy dinner, which sounds better?
Overall rating:4.5 out of 5
College student friendly? YES| Food 4.5 out of 5| Prices 5 out of 5 (Avg. price for a main dish $8-$9)| Environment 4 out of 5|Service 5 out of 5